Saturday 23 May 2009

Pick of the Pix Series, Happy Argentinians

Specs: 1/60s, 70mm, f/5.0 ISO: 1600, Flash: used

I caught up with Mark Trotter yesterday. He just arrived back from a month training in Argentina yesterday morning. I loved hearing something of his time there. He’s writing about the trip for an article on the ITFNZ website so I won’t steel his thunder!

He said that quite a few of them were asking if he knew “dugana”… he couldn’t figure out what they were saying and finally they imitated taking a photo and he figured they meant me. He said that during the world champs they all go to our website and look at the pictures. That was pretty cool to hear!

If any Argentinians are reading this then you’ll be pleased to learn that I love photographing you guys at these events. Why? Because you are so happy when you do win, exude emotion, and you show so much passion for Taekwon-do.

I really like the photo above. It was taken at the 2008 World Cup in Italy and is so typical of the Argentinian’s joy at winning. The photo has a weird soft/sharp effect which has come from using my flash at a very slow shutter speed (1/60th of a second). The slow shutter speed has captured movement while the flash firing has captured some sharpness. The effect I find interesting.

Atentamente a todos en la Argentina Taekwon-Do. Buena suerte para la competición siguiente.